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The concept of a Ketogenic diet has been around for decades and was historically recommended to treat intractable seizures. The initial iteration was yukky! All cream, butter, margarine, corn oil, mayonnaise and nothing tasty, interesting or very healthy. Ketogenic diets have come a long way, and the concept of eating low carbohydrates and higher fat is on a roll and gaining speed.

The term “ketogenic” means the body is using ketone bodies (produced from fatty acids) for cellular fuel (atp production), in place of glucose.

Under normal circumstances, your body maintains a glucose level; which hovers around 80-90. Glucose is extracted from carbohydrates and can be created from proteins via a process known as gluconeogenesis, which takes place in the liver. This is an important piece of information as many patients think protein is a “free” food, meaning unlimited quantity. Many think they are adopting a ketogenic diet, but don’t understand why they either don’t lose weight, improve their lipid profiles or drop their elevated blood glucose levels. In actuality, they are eating too much protein and converting the excess to glucose.

In the early nineties, the buzz word for anyone seeking out alternative views on chronic illness was candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that is normally present in our environment but is opportunistic and can overgrow when normal bacteria are missing or reduced.

Candida was blamed for everyone presenting with chronic inflammation, chronic fatigue and food intolerance.

It is true that antibiotic use can lead to an overgrowth of Candida, and it is true that antibiotics are over prescribed. But, often patients would not improve on treatments to reduce Candida and they were subjected to months of medications and highly restricted diets.

I have always taken pride in the natural looking results I achieve in the aesthetic work I perform on my patients.

If you are someone who wants to look frozen in time and would rather have a bizarre looking upper lip than vertical lines, I am not your woman. However, if you just want to look a little lifted and refreshed, with no obvious “work” done, I am, or should be, your first choice.

I don’t like using copious amounts of botox on my patients because I have seen what constant paralysis of muscles does to the shape of the face. I also prefer not to fill in smile lines in the midface as this creates distortion. I do like to rejuvenate the upper midface to give a lift to the cheeks, which reduces the smile lines without distortion.

Most patients with chronic complaints, describe feelings or sensations in the body of generalized anxiety.

Whether their list of complaints include things like insomnia, hot flashes, tingling in their extremities, irritable bowel. Or, more specifically, chronic back pain, an inability to move past an injury, or issues in a relationship, the one thing in common is an associated underlying anxiety.

Anxiety in it’s pure form and in it’s disguises, can be quite crippling. So much energy is expended trying to “move past’ or “deal” with the sensations, it often leaves the person physically and emotionally depleted and, often with a sense of isolation.

In my Chicago area office, I often discuss nutrition, recipes and the need to avoid GMO and pesticides as part of a smart disease prevention program.

The past year, I had the honor to be intricately involved with creating and shooting a film (Bought) to be released this summer, which highlights the conflicts of interest in our food and health policies. During my research and interviews with experts and activists, I realized avoiding GMO and the few fruits and veggies which retain pesticide residue, is not enough to avoid harmful chemicals.

Neonicatinoids are a category of pesticides which are used to soak seeds in. Once the seed is planted, the chemical is incorporated in every aspect and cell of the plant. While GMO seeds are typically soaked in this chemical to impart some added pesticide resistance (the inherent GMO pesticide resistance is not working), many large-scale farmed conventional (non GMO) vegetable seeds are also soaked in this chemical.

It seems that everyone is on some sort of low carb diet. The wave of people on some variation of a paleo diet is growing for good reason: carbs are inflammatory and excess carbs lead to increased triglycerides and dense LDL, and hence, heart disease diabetes and even increased cancer risks.

However, it seems many people have their own interpretations about what should be eaten and how much can be eaten on a paleo diet. In addition, the original goal to be healthier, seems to have been thrown out of the door in exchange for eating as much as someone wants and still not gain weight.

A whole foods diet, low in carbs and cooked food and void of processed food, is a preferable diet, in general. But, when saturated with lots of cooked animal tissue, it becomes inflammatory, acidic and is loaded with carcinogens.

Every week, new patients present to my Chicago area office, with pain in one of their joints. And often there is pain in many joints.

Pain in multiple joints can be an autoimmune arthritis, systemic inflammation or side effects from medications, while pain in one or two joints is most likely due to wear and tear on the ligaments, tendons or cartilage.

It is very common for athletes and people in their 40’s and up to experience some form of joint pain from time to time. Often over use or repetition, can lead to tendonitis, most commonly, pain from overstretched tendons.

December 22, 2013

While the concept of IV saline as fluid replacement was written about, Prior to the 1950’s, I.V. fluid replacement therapy was not widely used.

This equates to people dying from dehydration from all viral or bacterial infections which can lead to diarrhea and/or vomiting; just about any illness.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) used to be termed, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD. In fact, the older name is truly a more accurate description of the syndrome.

For some susceptible people, once injured, the autonomic nervous system does not stop sending pain signals to the brain, long after the actual injury should be healed. In many cases, it is from a simple injury such as a needle stick or a contusion, for others, it is from a surgical procedure. Either way, the pain is neuropathic.

The term neuropathic implies the pain is no longer useful or from mechanical stress but rather the nerves are firing without a purpose. In addition to the nerves firing, there is a discreet change in the autonomic nervous system tone in the area of pain. Typically, the skin is mottled, red, purple, warm and sweaty and there can be swelling. The pain is intractable and is described as intense burning.

The recent news articles to hit the main stream media in the past week finally states what public health officials and epidemiologists have known for some time: those vaccinated against pertussis are carrying and spreading the bacteria and are responsible for most of the outbreaks.

This news raises the question:

Should we hold those vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine, legally liable for outbreaks?

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